Russia's anti-gay and blasphemy laws threaten freedom, saysopen letter signed by more than 200 writers from 30 countries ( article by: , and )
|The 'chokehold' Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation 'has placed on |
freedom of expression needs to be addressed,' says Salman Rushdie.
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The authors' open letter, published in the Guardian on Thursday, comes as athletes and journalists from around the world descend on the Black Sea resort before the lavish opening ceremony at a specially built stadium on Friday evening. President Vladimir Putin has spoken of the Games as a personal project to show the world Russia's greatness and its ability to host such major events, but the build-up has been marred by controversy over corruption and rights abuses in Russia. continue.....